Gingerbread in Lent?
May seem strange, but in the Salzkammergut, for Laetare, the fourth Sunday of Lent, it’s the tradition. On that day, the so-called Liebstattsonntag, good Christians originally had received permission to “show their love” for their brethren by feeding the poor, a custom that later changed into the exchange of gingerbread hearts as show of thanks for loved ones.
Normally, as you may notice, I rather like to write philosophically (and, I hope, practically) and very nearly wax lyrically, but a part of making oneself at home is getting to know places one lives – and a part of these places, for me, is the area around the Traunsee lake where this festival is celebrated.
So, I invite you to have a look around, too.
Not the nicest day, but a body shall be trained…
Procession’s musical head
Hearts in the crowd, with modern traditional garb
More trad: Goldhauben (‘golden hats’)
Young gingerbread heart sellers. Shall we call ’em Hansel & Gretel? :-p
Another traditional style…
… and one more trad garb.
Small hearts, but lots. One for the wife, one for the daughter…
His: “Because you put your back into it so well, soon will be finished our dwell’ng.”
Hers: “Klara Sophie all day smiles, surely a heart she won’t despise”
Handing out hearts. His heart reads: “What could be more nice, than having you in my life.”
“Working wood and weaving baskets keeps grandpa young, this heart gives further impetus.” (Sorry, can’t rhyme that.)
Girl on the far left: “Vanessa loves to sing and dance, this heart shall therefore all be hers.”
Girl in the pink hat: “You do so much yourself already, still you’ll always be my baby.”
Adult woman: “Michi loves her colors and potions, she uses lots of time for make-up.”
Gotta be room for one more…
Hearty sales man…
… and his slightly older version.
“Health and a long life, this heart shall give you.”
Outside looking in, right over the shoulder
“The greatest treasure in this world is you, not the money.”
So, what’s happenin’ there?
Schloss Ort, on the way back.